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POLL: Hillary’s National Support Falls Below 50 Percent For First Time In A Year

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A new poll released Wednesday shows Hillary Clinton’s lead over Donald Trump has “withered” to just three percent nationally.

The poll — conducted by McClatchy DC in partnership with the Marist Institute for Public Opinion — surveyed 1,249 adults from July 5-July 9.

Poll results showed that 42 percent of participants picked Clinton as their first choice for president — compared to 39 for Trump — which marked the first time Clinton’s “support had dropped below 50 percent in polls going back a year.” (RELATED: Reddit Takes Down Poll Showing Trump Leading Clinton By 5 In Florida)

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre following a special performance of the Broadway musical "Hamilton" on July 12, 2016 (Getty Images)

Hillary Clinton speaks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre following a special performance of the Broadway musical “Hamilton” on July 12, 2016 (Getty Images)

McClatchy notes that the former secretary of state’s plummeting support is likely attributed to Director James Comey’s July 5 announcement that the FBI will recommend no charges in regard to her private, State Department email server. (RELATED: Polling In Key Battleground States Shows Tight Election)

“The good news for Hillary Clinton is that despite a very rough week, she still has a narrow edge,” explained Marist Institute Director Lee Miringoff. “The bad news is these issues don’t seem to be going away.”

Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana. (Getty Images)

Donald Trump (R) and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (L) take the stage during a campaign rally at Grant Park Event Center in Westfield, Indiana. (Getty Images)

Both candidates still have remarkably high unfavorables: 64 percent viewed Trump in a negative light, and Clinton earned 60 percent in the same metric.

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